Russell-Cooke’s regulation team advised and represented the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) in bringing a prosecution on behalf of its member, Sky UK, in a continuing series of actions brought to protect Sky UK’s intellectual property rights.

The prosecution involved a well-known Yorkshire destination venue. ‘The Casa’ was fined £15,000, and ordered to pay a £200 victim surcharge along with costs of £9,131.21, making a total of £24,331.21 for six offences under section 297(1) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. 

The matter was heard at Kirklees Magistrates Court on 10 January 2018. The prosecution received widespread media coverage as the premises is a well-known destination venue in the Bradford/Huddersfield region.

This is the latest prosecution brought by Russell-Cooke on behalf of a client involving the protection of intellectual property rights and brand protection. The continued instructions show the team’s expertise in the bringing of private prosecutions for a series of clients from commercial organisations and well-known brand owners through to professional regulators.

Matt Bosworth, partner in the regulation team, said "Russell-Cooke continues to develop its reputation as being a leader in the field of private prosecutions on behalf of those seeking to protect their commercial and regulatory interests throughout the UK."

Russell-Cooke instructed Michael Attenborough of 5 Paper Buildings in the case.